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Senior Sister/Charge Nurse

Job Reference: 358-3198359-CHI

University Hospitals of Leicester
Paediatric Intensive Care Unit
Leicester Royal Infirmary, Leicester
£38,890 - £44,503 per annum, (pro rata if part-tim

We are actively promoting flexible working options, helping you to manage a work / life balance”.

We are delighted to offer the opportunity to come and join our department at an exciting time. We need an experienced, highly motivated individual who can work with our team to deliver high quality patient care. The role of the Senior Sister / Charge Nurse is pivotal in providing leadership and support to our nurses, while ensuring the department is managed smoothly.

You should be positive and adaptable to a changing environment that prides itself on quality and efficiency. You will be given the opportunity to learn and develop new leadership and management skills and act as a role model for best practice to junior staff. This role will also allow for further development opportunities within our team. A calm, diplomatic and caring approach is necessary and you must have the ability to deal with the varied and challenging demands. You must have the ability to multi-task and prioritise under pressure, work within a large multi-disciplinary team and ensure the trust values are incorporated in to practice

We are a busy and leading unit with 12 beds, providing critical care for children with complex congenital heart conditions and following cardiac surgery. The Cardiac PICU is part of the East Midlands Congenital Heart Centre (EMCHC) and cares for children within the East Midlands and nationwide and is also home to the UK’s first ECMO unit in the country and leads the way in providing excellent and innovative care to children requiring extra corporeal heart and lung support. It is an exciting time as the CPICU is currently re-locating to the Leicester Royal Infirmary into new facilities. It will co-locate with the sister Children’s Intensive Care Unit that delivers critical care to children across the East Midlands and its regional network hospitals. The post holder will be required to work across the 2 units working towards collaborative working as the 2 units will merge as part of the Children’s Hospital reconfiguration and the development of a standalone Children’s Hospital. We are an expanding service with a new and emerging network developing and a new Children’s Hospital being planned. Now is the time to join our team and become part of our amazing transformation!


The post holderwill be accountable and responsible for CPICU, visible, accessible and responsive to the needs of service users, patients, carers and the public.


The post holderwill be an expert clinical practitioner in the field, be required to work clinical shifts as well as providing managerial cover, and be an enthusiastic integral member of our well established and committed team, with over 50 members of nursing staff, providing and supervising the delivery of excellent quality care.


Wider responsibilities include the provision of a supportive learning environment for continuing education; reporting to the Matron and supporting the wider organisation; reduction of risk and audit; managing resources and information; and co-ordinating activity and flow and the provision of care within the Paediatric Intensive Care Service at UHL.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record of working in this environment and should ideally have 3 years experience at working at Band 6 level.


A period of supervision and structured training and support will be available and we can offer a wide range of development opportunities including an ECMO Specialist Training Programme

For further details / informal visits contact:

Matron Jo Ennis on 07921 545963


Vacancies will close early if a sufficient number of applications are received.

Applications are transferred to TRAC, by completing an application you authorise the transfer of your data. Emails regarding applications will be sent via TRAC.

UHL is an equal opportunities employer. We aim to employ a workforce that reflects the diverse communities we serve and where discrimination is outlawed, and staff and service users are equally valued and supported. We welcome applications from people from all backgrounds who match our job criteria.

We welcome applications from members of our black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities, as we have identified that UHL has an under-representation of BAME employees at band 7 and above.

Applicants who have a disability and meet the essential criteria will be interviewed if indicated you wish to be considered under the Disability Confident Scheme. If you require any reasonable adjustments please make the recruitment services team aware as soon as possible. Appointments will be made on merit.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check (DBS)

If this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order)1975 a submission for Disclosure to be made to the DBS

COVID 19 Risk Assessment

Due to Covid 19 we have introduced a staff risk assessment into our pre-employment process.

This is intended to ensure you are able to safely perform your duties in any of our work areas, and if you have been identified as being vulnerable to coronavirus. Our main aim is to reduce risk and to ensure the safety of all new starters as well as current staff, patients and visitors.

If it is identified that you are within a vulnerable category, we will endeavour to make reasonable adjustments to accommodate this.

Tier 2 Sponsorship

We welcome applications from individuals who require Tier 2 sponsorship. NON-UK candidates may not be appointed if the Trust is unable to satisfy the Home Office Visa requirements or there is a appointable applicant who already holds the right to work in the UK.

Disclosure and Barring Service Check

This post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act (Exceptions Order) 1975 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service (formerly known as CRB) to check for any previous criminal convictions.

Tier 2 Certificate of Sponsorship

Applications from job seekers who require current Tier 2/skilled worker sponsorship to work in the UK are welcome and will be considered alongside all other applications. For further information please visit the UK Visas and Immigration website.

From 6 April 2017, Tier 2/skilled worker applicants, applying for entry clearance into the UK, have had to present a criminal record certificate from each country they have resided continuously or cumulatively for 12 months or more in the past 10 years. Adult dependants (over 18 years old) are also subject to this requirement.

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